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Orthognathic surgery is needed when the top and bottom jaws don’t meet correctly and/or teeth don’t adequately fit within the jaw.  Jaw growth is a gradual process and in some instances, the upper and lower jaws may grow at different rates. The result can be a host of problems that may affect chewing function, speech, or long-term oral health and appearance. Injury to the jaw and birth defects can also affect jaw alignment. Teeth are straightened with orthodontics, and corrective jaw surgery re positions the maligned jaws. This not only improves facial appearance, but also ensures that teeth meet correctly and function properly.
People with an improper bite, or jaws that are positioned incorrectly benefit most from orthognathic surgery.  Orthodontics correct bite problems when only the teeth are involved. Orthognathic surgery may be required when re-positioning the jaws is necessary.
Before any treatment begins, a consultation will be held to perform a complete examination with x-rays. During the pre-treatment consultation process, feel free to ask any questions that you have regarding your treatment. 
ROMS uses modern computer-aided techniques and three-dimensional models to simulate your surgery. Using comprehensive facial x-rays and computer video imaging, enables us to give you an idea about your future bite and aesthetic appearance.
If you are a candidate for corrective jaw surgery, we will work closely with your dentist and orthodontist during your treatment. The actual surgery can move your teeth and jaws into a new position that results in a more attractive, functional, and healthy dental-facial relationship.
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What to Expect


  • Corrective jaw surgery is a significant intervention requiring many months of preparation.

  • The surgery is performed in the hospital and can last between one to four hours.

  • Hospital stays of one to three days are normal.

  • Braces are maintained during surgery and may need to be removed six to twelve months after surgery.

  • The greatest impact of orthognathic surgery is the recovery phase.

  • Patients typically may be off work/school from two weeks to one month after surgery.

  • Return to normal chewing function may take 2 months and full

  • function may take one year.

  • Our goal is to ensure you are well taken care of during and after surgery.

  • Weekly appointments are required for up to two months after surgery.

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